Suggested Sites

Beautiful Parks in Chicago

Literary Sites

Kate Blackwell
Kate is a tremendous short story writer and the author of the collection You Won't Remember This.
David Taylor
David is the author of Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America, Ginseng: the Divine Root and many fascinating magazine and newspaper articles. His first collection of fiction, Success: Stories, was published in Fall 2008.
Marianne Love
Marianne is the scribe of Sandpoint, Idaho; the author of three humous books; and, least significantly (for her, anyway), my cousin.
James A. Michener Center for Writers
If you are a fiction writer, poet, playwright or screenwriter who wants to be paid to earn an MFA and live in Austin, then apply to this outstanding three-year interdisciplinary program.

Nonprofit Organizations

In addition to writing fiction, I have worked for several years as a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations. If you are looking for an organization to financially support, I strongly recommend the following:

This incredible organization's mission is "to support individuals with developmental disabilities in maximizing their level of independence and self-determination within an environment that fosters spirituality, dignity, respect and enhancement of quality of life."
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
The Shriver Center "is a national law and policy center that takes action to end poverty through policy development, communications, and various advocacy strategies."
Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois
SIDS of Illinois "is dedicated to the prevention and eventual elimination of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other causes of infant death."

Other Sites

Big Little Books
This website is the definitive online source for information about these beautiful books.
Sam Phillips
I don't think there's an artist I admire more than Sam Phillips. First you should pick up a few of her CDs. Then you should subscribe to her Long Play -- it's such a treat to be in a small group that gets to hear her wonderful songs first, and it's an inspiration (and a motivation) to hear her be so productive.
If you've never seen a Scopitone, you're in for a treat. Just skip past the annoying ad and enjoy culture at its finest.
Red Sovine
When I was a kid, I was a big fan of truckin' music -- still am, much to the dismay of my wife. Even though I know she likes Del Reeves, she just doesn't understand my fascination with Red Sovine. Turn up those speakers!
The Grandsons
Of all the things I miss about Washington, D.C., the Grandsons are at the top of the list.